Promise Yourself (#354)

“To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.” 
― Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Shared laughter
  2. Late night ice cream
  3. Game Of Thrones marathons
  4. Real running marathons
  5. Productive time
  6. Trips to Chipotle
  7. Hanging out with Ned
  8. A clean apartment
  9. Painted skies
  10. Time at the gym
  11. Handwritten notes and letters
  12. A moment to breathe
  13. Signs from the Universe
  14. A cool breeze on a warm day
  15. People who inspire
  16. Local bagels in the morning
  17. My family
  18. The little things
  19. Teachers, mentors, and coaches
  20. Basketball in the driveway
  21. Coming home
  22. Hot soup on a cold day
  23. A good book to read
  24. Lessons learned
  25. The here and now

As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.


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Featured image from Judas Tree

Life Is About Change (#164)

I’ve had a really difficult time writing about gratitude this past week. I have enjoyed being home and the time off has been the break I have been looking for. That being said, this was completely unexpected.

I’m grateful this has all coincided with my brother’s graduation but this was never the original plan. On Wednesday of last week, I got an email saying I needed to return back to the U.S to fix an issue with my work VISA. This news was devastating. I wanted nothing more than to just BE in England this summer. Living and working at the University of Essex was a dream come true. I felt like I was letting people down like I was letting myself down for not catching this before it became an issue.

I felt ashamed that I was back in Ashland, just waiting for my VISA to get processed. After talking things through and really taking a breath to consider the entire situation, I know I can make this work. Soon enough, I’ll be back in the UK working as an intern in the same position like nothing had happened. I’m currently working remotely from home in the meantime. I’m grateful for my parents and their unconditional support. This is something I know I need to learn from.

The reason I titled this blog about change is that none of this was the original plan. I was never supposed to be home for my brother’s graduation or these special moments with my family. Yet, here I am. Life doesn’t always work out the way we think it will but with a little bit of patience and a positive mindset, I’ve found myself here, happy.

The waiting game is tough and I feel bad about my lack of presence in England but I’ll be back before I know it. I’ve gotten some really good advice from friends and family about the situation and I’m grateful to have these people in my corner. All I know is that I just have to take this life one day at a time and the rest will figure itself out.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Ice cream trips with Mel
  2. Family dinner
  3. Relaxing with my cat
  4. Good timing
  5. New music and good playlists
  6. FaceTimes with Bryan
  7. Time with my cat
  8. Monopoly nights with my dad and brother
  9. The green trees and foliage around my house
  10. Honesty
  11. Trying again
  12. Reassurance and support
  13. Positive people
  14. Catching up on Gratitude
  15. The change of seasons and warm weather
  16. The authors who inspired this list
  17. Safe travels
  18. Good health
  19. Runs through town
  20. Summer Grilling
  21. Learning something new
  22. A couple deep breaths
  23. Good advice and helpful reminders
  24. The smell of the flowers outside my home
  25. The here and now


As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.


Featured image of a building in London. I appreciated the architecture, color, and angle of the building. Something I’m looking forward to returning to when I go back to the UK this summer. 

Whatever It Takes (#125)

I am far from perfect. VERY VERY FAR (lol).

Something I know I do well is adapt. I am as hard working as they come and when I set a goal for myself or make a promise to another person, there’s nothing I won’t do to help make it happen. I can be resourceful, quick thinking, and futuristic. These may be skills I learned or maybe it’s something that has come easily to me. Whatever it is, I’m grateful.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Clean water
  2. Double sided tape
  3. Making new friends
  4. A new Patriots season
  5. Fellow cat owners
  6. Purpose
  7. Light night ice cream runs
  8. Trust
  9. FIFA tournaments
  10. My family
  11. Meditation
  12. My education
  13. Staff bonding
  14. Back massages
  15. Patience
  16. Fellow gratitude bloggers
  17. My dad’s failed attempts at humor
  18. The summer months
  19. Good leadership
  20. My process and my growth
  21. The ocean breeze and the permanence of the tide
  22. A good book and time to read
  23. Determination
  24. Kept promises
  25. The present


As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.


Featured image of a peaceful landscape. Again, not my own photograph. Looks like somewhere I would want to travel to! 

Catching Up (#123)

I don’t know why I forgot or what I was doing these past couple nights but it didn’t even occur to me that I wasn’t posting my daily blog. I’ve still been doing my daily 5 things I’m grateful for in my journal but this blog is important to me too. To honor my promise I’m going to publish consecutive gratitude lists because I need to keep my word.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My word of the day
  2. Hanging out with Peter at the gym
  3. Having all the same classes with Carley
  4. Good music
  5. My BSU friends
  6. Chapter and RHA on Wednesdays
  7. Family traditions
  8. A clear sky and a full moon
  9. A nice walk through campus
  10. The people who fixed my bike
  11. Summers hanging on the cape
  12. Whoever invented disinfectant wipes
  13. Quick naps
  14. When my cat lets me tuck him in
  15. My own daily gratitude
  16. Sharing secrets
  17. New perspectives
  18. Bravery
  19. Really good guacamole
  20. Love
  21. Fuzzy socks and blankets
  22. Time for nature photography
  23. Rides to school
  24. Catching up
  25. The here and now

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.


Featured image of the tide leaving the shore. This picture is not my own but I was running out of landscapes to share. 

It’s All About Hard Work (#115)


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Peaceful mornings
  2. Clear thoughts
  3. A healthy breakfast
  4. Old friends
  5. Double sided tape
  6. Color Coordinated Organizers
  7. Trying new things
  8. Another chance
  9. Focus and attention to detail
  10. Sharing dessert
  11. Secret Spots
  12. Games of all kinds with my dad
  13. Clean water
  14. My countdown calendar for the end of the semester
  15. Pictures from Disney from Mel and Sam
  16. Piano lessons
  17. Learning a new language
  18. Audiobooks and long car rides
  19. Reflective Journaling
  20. No excuses
  21. A clean apartment
  22. Reassurance and support
  23. Walks with my grandma
  24. Bike rides in the summer
  25. The here and now


As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.


Featured image of a tractor my brother and I found on our hike. Thought it fit well with the landscape. 

Preparation is Key (#109)

I think part of being prepared means being adaptable. Only having one idea of a possible outcome leaves us rigid and disappointed if it doesn’t turn out the way we think. Use gratitude when you can to keep you grounded.


Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Post Malone
  2. Making new friends
  3. A quiet campus
  4. Carpooling with Carley
  5. Night time stretches
  6. My New England Patriots and the greatest QB of all time, Tom Brady
  7. Peanut butter and the quick sandwich before class
  8. When things work out
  9. Time at the gym with Varam
  10. The feeling of clean teeth
  11. Car rides to chipotle
  12. Trust and honesty
  13. Breakfast at any time during the day
  14. Family adventures
  15. Laughing until my face hurts
  16. Singing Disney in the car
  17. The summer sun
  18. When class makes sense lol
  19. Old man basketball on Wednesday’s with my dad
  20. Talks about life and the universe
  21. The time we have
  22. FaceTiming with Melissa
  23. A good nights rest
  24. Role models
  25. Right here, right now

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

Featured image of one of my favorite pictures. I’m running out of landscapes to post but this is an old favorite I took flying home from Cambodia. The colors are my favorite part.